Sclerophyll

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Sclerophyll

 

(also sclerophyte), a stiff-leaved, drought-resistant dicotyledonous plant. The stiffness of the leaves and stems results from the presence of strongly developed mechanical tissues, which prevent wilting when there is a water deficiency. Sclerophyll herbaceous plants include the spiny clotbur of the family Compositae and the eryngo of the family Umbelliferae.

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Compared to the Quercus ilex woodlands which may be found in the rest of Peninsular Italy and in the hilly and mountainous sectors of the Apulia region (Murge plateau, Gargano promontory) the woodlands of the study area are characterised by a complete dominance of sclerophyllic component and by the absence of thermophilous deciduous trees such as Carpinus orientalis, Acer monspessulanum, Fraxinus ornus, Acer campestre, Ostrya carpinifolia etc.